Based in Brighton in the United Kingdom, Beyond Skin creates its faux-suede footwear using a microfiber called Dinamica, which is made in Italy from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
Bourgeois Boheme began as an online marketplace and retail showroom in London’s Notting Hill district, but the vegan enclave soon expanded to create its own wares from handpicked, non-exploitative factories that oppose child labor.
CRI DE COEUR
Founded by Parsons The New School of Design graduates Gina Ferraraccio and Julie Dicterow, Cri de Coeur clads its kicks in premium, cruelty-free materials such as low-VOC polyurethane, 100 percent recycled Ultrasuede (derived from post-industrial polyester), and reclaimed wooden soles.
FORM & FAUNA
Form & Fauna handcrafts its critter-friendly shoes in the United States from biodegradable Italian synthetic leathers, organic cotton and hemp fabrics, and second-generation scrap wood for its heels, wedges, and platforms. Water-based glues cobble everything together, while an open cell-rubber lining adds comfort and durability.
Designed in Italy and fairly handmade in small, family-owned factories across Europe, Kailia’s vegan boots, pumps, and flats abide by strict environmental standards, including the eschewal of toxic polyvinyl chloride and a preference for vegetable-dyed organic linen and cotton linings, pre-consumer recycled footboards, and water-based glues.
Designed to provide infinite interchangeable options, Mohop’s American-crafted sandals feature sustainably harvested cherrywood from Pennsylvania, black soles derived from natural rubber and rice husks, and padded footbeds made from faux leather.